Watch and Learn: Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods His athleticism makes his power moves difficult to copy, so start with his setup and finish. Analysis by Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs Woodley Lakes G.C., Van Nuys, Calif. In addition to just about every other category, Tiger tops the "Swing I Wish I Had" list — the voters of which include more than a few Tour pros. You may have dreamed about owning a swing like Tiger's, too, but buyer beware — there are certain parts of his technique that only an athlete of his ability can execute. On the other hand, there are other areas of his swing that all players can learn from. Pay attention to his setup and finish — these are the easiest to copy and can pay immediate dividends. If you're looking for a challenge, try Tiger's signature move (the "power squat" in frame 3). It's difficult, but it'll send your swing speed off the charts.
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Like Tiger, flex your knees slightly and move your weight to the balls of your feet. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and relax your neck muscles. This will encourage your arms to extend naturally.
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Tiger turns his left forearm clockwise as he rotates his body away from the target. This takes years to perfect. Instead, keep your arms in close to your body and rotate your left arm as you near the top.
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This is Tiger's squat. Notice how he keeps his torso turned by the same amount as he starts to pivot his hips toward the target, which sends his torque sky-high.
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Tiger's hips are more open than his shoulders, but here's where they slow down. This is a great move to copy. As you approach impact, slow down your lower body so your arms can release properly.
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After impact, Tiger works his arms and club "out and over." To release the club like this, "throw" your arms past the ball. This will improve your extension and remove any instinct to "steer" the shot.
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The perfect finish! Like Tiger, try to get your right shoulder pointing at the target with nearly all of your weight on your left foot. This will help you release your right side and increase your club speed.